Internal medicine is focused on preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases inside the body. Providers who specialize in internal medicine are called "internists." They help manage both common and complex conditions for adolescents, adults and senior patients.
What is internal medicine?
As is fitting for Allina Health's philosophy of caring for the patient as a whole person, internists need to be good at understanding complicated medical situations. For instance, a patient might have many different symptoms all coming from one underlying issue, or might be suffering symptoms from several causes that are all related. Working with the patient to figure out what's wrong is the job of the internist.